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Monday, November 13, 2006

Creepiest. Global Warming Story. EVAR.


Okay, the article doesn't tie this to global warming explicitly. But what else can you think about freakiness that appears to be caused by unusually mild winters? Remember how the beetles formerly held in check by cold winters are eating through Canada's forests? Well check this out:

To the bafflement of insect experts, gigantic yellow jacket nests have started turning up in old barns, unoccupied houses, cars and underground cavities across the southern two-thirds of Alabama.

Specialists say it could be the result of a mild winter and drought conditions, or multiple queens forcing worker yellow jackets to enlarge their quarters so the queens will be in separate areas.
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At one site in Barbour County, the nest was as large as a Volkswagen Beetle...The largest nest Ray has inspected this year filled the interior of a weathered 1955 Chevrolet parked in a rural Elmore County barn. That nest was about the size of a tire in the rear floor seven weeks ago, but quickly spread to fill the entire vehicle, the property owner, Harry Coker, said.



...In previous years, a yellow jacket nest was no larger than a basketball, Ray said. It would contain about 3,000 workers and one queen. These gigantic nests may have as many as 100,000 workers and multiple queens.


There are certainly plausible reasons other than global warming, I suppose, and a good scientist never prejudges. But in any case, CREEPY.

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